Rock Climbing in Connecticut Last Updated: November 2022
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Outdoor rock climbing is an adrenaline rush that’ll get your body moving and your brain thinking. Connecticut is home to different types of rocks, which offers a multitude of climbing routes for all skill levels.
As you climb different places, you’ll see how each place varies with the rock formations and feel of the rock. There are a ton of places to climb but here are some rock climbing spots in Connecticut for your next adventure.
Webb Mountain, Monroe
Webb Mountain in Monroe has a climbing wall made of Collinsville formation rock. There are about 11 top rope routes ranging from 5.6-5.9. Take the blue trail on the left hand side from the parking lot. There is also a bouldering rock located off the red trail.
Whitestone Cliff, Plymouth
Whitestone Cliff in Plymouth in Mattatuck State Forest is made of metamorphic gneiss. It’s comprised of 5 main Craigs that contain about 80 top rope and trad climbing routes ranging from 5.3 to 5.11. The hike in from the parking lot is about .7 miles.
Pinnacle Rock, Plainville
Pinnacle Rock in Plainville part of the Metacomet Ridge, that is composed of basalt. There are about 50 routes for top rope and trad climbing that range from 5.3 to 5.11. The trail turns right off the main trail when you see the big cement blocks up to the cliffs.
Wolf Rock, Mansfield Center
Wolf Rock in Mansfield Center, located within the Joshua Land Trust, is made of metamorphic gneiss rock. There are 2 cliffs that contain routes for Top rope and trad climbing. The upper cliff has 9 routes ranging from 5.1-5.6, whereas the lower cliff has 13 routes ranging from 5.2-5.9+. The hike in is about 1/4 of a mile from the road.
Chatfield Hollow, Killingworth
Chatfield Hollow in Killingworth is made up of metamorphic gneiss rock. People have been climbing and creating routes here since the 1970s — and are still creating new ones throughout the park. There are a wide variety of routes that you can top rope, trad climb, and sport climb that contain overhanging walls, cracks, roofs, and slabs. There are about 50+ climbs that range from 5.3 to 5.13. The hike in is about 100 yards from the road.
No matter your skill level, each of these places offer something for everyone.